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No handbook will be as vital to you this gardening season as "How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack" by Chuck Sambuchino. While you worry about the lack of rain, these garden ornaments could be preparing to attack your family. Sambuchino has documented examples, though many survivors are in witness protection. Photographs are provided of gnomes caught in the act of invasion...

 

"Trinity" by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm is a graphic novel that deals with the development of the atomic bomb. The book is serious, scientific and very effectively drawn. Important people...

 

Alright, I admit it...hi, my name is Joni and I am addicted to romance  books. There is just something about this genre that speaks to me. I fly through these books, so it's great that I have a library card to save me money. The average romance paperback can run between $4.99-$7.99 per book, plus tax. With the money I save, I can buy the necessities: shoes and chocolate. The romance categories are endless: inspirational, contemporary, romantic suspense, mystery, paranormal, historical and so many more. The best part, for me is the happy ending. The couple's journey...

 

"I Capture the Castle" by Dodie Smith is as delightful a book as I have ever read, and I'm not a person who often calls things delightful. Published in 1948, the book is filled with oddballs...

"Benediction" by Kent Haruf

Kent Haruf's new book "Benediction" is his third novel set in the fictional town of Holt, Colorado. It is the poignant story of a dying man looking back on his life. Dad Lewis faces his last days at home with his wife and adult daughter. He considers his good fortune as well as some unresolved regrets. His family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors offer what help they can as they struggle with...

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"One Good Earl Deserves a Lover: The Second Rule of Scoundrels" by Sarah MacLean--I love snuggling up with one of Sarah MacLean's books on a cold day, with a cup of hot chocolate. In her latest book, the owner of Fallen Angel gaming club finds himself propositioned by scientist Lady Phillipa Mabury.

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"The Rime of the Modern Mariner" by Nick Hayes uses Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem about the ancient mariner to describe our environmental folly. Hayes' graphic novel is a worthy update and adequately infuses the tale with modern horrors like oil spills, sludge, floating garbage fields and rotting whales.

As a graphic novel, the art is very important. In...

The Other F Word

 

The documentary "The Other F Word" takes an inside look at parenting by punk and hardcore musicians. Bands known for their raucous, anti-establishment stance find themselves family men with play dates and school outings alongside world tours and endless partying.

The DVD focuses on Jim Lindberg from Pennywise, a father of three daughters, but there are plenty of other musicians with cameos. Lindberg gets a tattoo for his youngest...

"Samurai's Garden" by Gail Tsukiyama

 

Spice up your book club with some of these titles from the SLCL Book Kit Collection. Many of these selections are what I like to call "a diamond in the rough," books that may have passed under your radar.  
 
"Montana, 1948" by Larry Watson: Twelve-year-old David Hayden's family is comfortable and familiar. He admires his father, the modest town sheriff, and his charming uncle, the local doctor. He loves his gentle, perceptive mother. But when their Sioux housekeeper shares her darkest fears in the heat of a fever, these statements, and the...
"Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn

I just finished Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl," which was one of the library's most checked-out book of 2012. I read it because my book group chose it. It's not something I would pick, but the point of being in...

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